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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Satan was the serpent in the Garden of Eden?

This seems to be the generally accepted belief, and it's taught to children in Sunday School in many churches, but is there biblical basis for it? Here's the actual text: 1 Now the serpent was ...
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What do modern evangelicals/dispensationalists believe about the general resurrection and final judgment? [closed]

I grew up attending several Baptist/Church of God/Non-denominational churches growing up in the United States (we moved around a bunch). Until I was an adult and actually read the New Testament for ...
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Are the theories of Evolution and the Big Bang now binding to Catholics and to be held as true?

On Monday, October 27, 2014, addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences , Pope Francis is reported to have said, 'the Big Bang, which nowadays is posited as the origin of the world, does not ...
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What is the biblical basis for modern-day prophets? [duplicate]

I've been seeing people lately who have claimed to be recipients of divine revelation from God (if not in that exact language) and that we all need to heed their warnings or -insert consequence here-. ...
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393 views

What is the biblical basis for All Saint's Day?

As an Evangelical Christian, I recently had a debate about why I do not celebrate Halloween. Their response was that the origins of Halloween come from the Christian "All Saint's Day" (which is ...
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Do Catholics celebrate Halloween?

I just read this apparent quote from Pope Francis on faithreel.com: Most churches agree with what Pope Francis has expressed in this opinion, “Many think Halloween is a simple carnival like ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Covenant of Redemption?

In Covenant Theology the Covenant of Redemption is an eternal agreement made between the members of the Trinity in which the Son of God agrees to become incarnate and die for the the sins of God's ...
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261 views

How did the Brownists/Calvinists justify capital punishment for witches?

My ancestors were Brownist pilgrims, leading up to the Salem witch trials, my Great-great-great-something-aunt was hung for having a lack of the fear of God in her. The people at the time were no ...
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405 views

How are patriotic songs used in US churches?

A comical blog mentioned “patriotic worship”. It is also hinted at in this article and in this article where it is made clear that patriotic songs such as the ones listed here are sung and they are ...
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Are there any English Bible translations whose primary text for the OT is the Septuagint?

The translators of most English Bible translations used the Hebrew Masoretic Text as their primary source for the Old Testament, though they will use the Septuagint and other texts to critically ...
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Did Jesus ever say that Heaven is the end? [duplicate]

Did Jesus ever say that Heaven is the end? ...And what I mean is: Did Jesus ever leave open the possibility of reincarnation on Earth, another planet, or elsewhere?
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Did Jesus mean that heaven and earth would actually pass away in Matthew 24:25?

In Matthew 24:35 (KJV) Jesus says: "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." How can heaven pass away, since it is the abode of God? (See, for example, 1 Kings 8:49; ...
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Do Mormons believe that all spirits are omnipresent?

Are all spirits omnipresent? According to Mormon doctrine, God is omnipresent through his spirit, does that mean that all spirits are omnipresent or is the Holy Ghost a special case?
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What is the origin of the Covenant of Grace?

In Covenant Theology the Covenant of Grace refers to an overarching theological covenant which God made on the basis of grace. The various Biblical covenants such as Abraham's, the Mosaic/Deuteronomic,...
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Who is credited with being the first to use these terms “conservatives”, “traditionalists”, “progressives and liberals” within the Catholic Church? [duplicate]

Pope Francis in his speech at the conclusion of the Synod 2014, said One, a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not ...
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According to Catholicism, does the eighth commandment (Do not bear false witness) obligate us to always tell the truth?

According to Catholic Teaching, does the eighth commandment You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. obligate us to always tell the truth? Are there times when we are under no ...
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What is the understanding of “an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him”? [duplicate]

In 1 Sam 16:14-23 (RSVCE), David Plays the Lyre for Saul, the passage opens 14 Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. God is said to be ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses not pray with people of other faith?

I had it happen several times that Jehovah's Witnesses refused to pray together with me, even though I offered that they say the prayer. The reason, according to them, was that they believe we don't ...
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Are Anabaptists' re-baptisms really conditional baptisms?

Are Anabaptists' re-baptisms really conditional baptisms? By "conditional baptism" I mean one whose formula is something like: "If you are not baptized, I baptize thee… etc." In other words: Do ...
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281 views

What is the Biblical basis against the omnipresence of Satan?

Many Christians pray and act as if Satan is right next to them all the time, tempting them to turn away from God, attacking them, etc., as though he were omnipresent... What is the Biblical basis ...
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Does God ever impute sin?

"Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin." (Romans 4:8; KJV) The word impute means roughly "to put into" or "to give". We are saved because of Jesus' imputed righteousness. What ...
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Why was Lucifer created? [duplicate]

If God is omnipotent and knew that Lucifer would be the destruction of Mankind why would he create him? It sounds like God was trying to hurt his children more than help them.
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Where can I find scans of original Biblical manuscripts?

I want to study different translations of Bible and compare them to Bible in Hebrew and Greek. Can any one tell me where can I find the pictures of original Biblical manuscripts online?
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Does the Church acknowledge any revealed book given to Jesus by God?

According to Islamic teachings Muslims, Jews, and Christians are called "people of the book" as all three (Moses, Jesus and Mohammed) were given books that were revealed (as opposed to "inspired") to ...
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134 views

Does believing Christ died make you saved? [closed]

When people say that they believe Christ died and rose again, does that mean they are saved? An example... an Anglican would say that he/she believes Christ Died for our sins, and rose again, is he/...
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How was Lucifer created? [closed]

Was Lucifer created by God or was he already there in the beginning like God? I don't think the Bible really explains any of this.
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Why do Protestants say: “In Jesus' name. Amen.”, whereas Catholics say: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”?

Why do Protestants oftentimes seem to say: "In Jesus' name. Amen.", whereas Catholics generally begin and end prayers saying: "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."?...
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322 views

How do the LDS interpret Matthew 19:12?

From this verse in Matthew 19, it may appear that the Savior approved of celibacy or self-mutilation: "For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some ...
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Is there a Biblical precedent for the Petrine privilege?

Is there a Biblical precedent for the Petrine privilege? The Petrine privilege per the Code of Canon Law being Code of Canon Law Can. 1142 For a just cause, the Roman Pontiff can dissolve a ...
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Are there historical accounts of the character of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah?

Are there any historical accounts, biblical or otherwise, that shed light on what types of people lived in Sodom and Gomorrah? I'm especially curious about any extra-biblical accounts of these two ...
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Scriptural basis for replacement theology?

There exist groups who believe that Christians or believers of Jesus completely replaced Jews as Israel and as the chosen people, and that Jews no longer have a valid relationship with G-d, unless ...
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What does Liberate 2014/Tullian mean by 'One Way Love'?

My question is prompted by the Liberate 2014 Conference and the concept of One Way Love. There's also a book by a pastor Tullian Tchividjian called "One Way Love". What does Liberate 2014/Tullian ...
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Is virginity more meritorious than marriage, according to St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 7?

Is, according to St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 7, the state of virginity more meritorious than that of marriage? Catholics think it is, and some (all?) Protestants think it is not. Why? For example, the ...
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Why aren't other religions welcome to heaven as well as subject to hell? [closed]

I am a little confused by some scripture and how I see it being interpreted by some Christians. When I read Romans the way I see it is that if you believe in a higher power, are grateful and ...
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366 views

What is the Scriptural support for the Catholic Church's “depositum fidei”?

What is the biblical basis that there is a thing which the Catholic Church terms as "depositum fidei"? Depositum fidei, i.e the Sacred deposit of the faith that consists of Sacred Scripture and Holy ...
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1answer
114 views

Literal or legend: how do Catholics treat non-Biblical miracles? [duplicate]

I am aware that I lack expertise on this topic sorry if the question is badly worded. There are a lot of reported miracles of the saints in Catholicism reported hundreds of years after Jesus' life, ...
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Why do (some) Anglican vicars use 'sing-songy' voices?

I'm confirmed into the Anglican Communion, though I haven't been a regular attender for about 10 years. Now 67 years old, I'm still interested in my Anglican heritage and what my Anglican infant ...
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290 views

Was adelphopoiesis a plural rite?

Was the rite of "brother-making" exclusive to two individuals, or could a man make more than one other man his brother? Is there any part of the rite that requires you to be nonunited previously? ...
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Can the Pope speak ex cathedra about the return of Christ?

Can the Pope speak ex cathedra about the return of Christ? Specifically, if someone approached the Vatican, met with the Pope, and convinced him that he was the second coming of Christ, could the ...
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What is the Catholic Church's answer to a woman/women claiming that God has called them to the Priesthood?

In this answer, we were introduced to the concept and meaning of vocation, a calling from God. In this article, 'Group Called ‘Roman Catholic Womenpriests’ Say They Are Defying The Church To Answer A ...
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1answer
610 views

Why were the General Epistles written? [closed]

The six New Testament epistles known as James; 1 and 2 Peter; 1 and 2 John; and Jude are not directed to any one person or specific branch of the Church. The first verse in each epistle indicates who ...
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Why does God use an army of Angels to fight against evil when he could do it himself?

Many places in the Bible talk about a heavenly host or army of angels. Why does God use an army to fight against devil and evil spirits, when he is the powerful creator? Matthew 19:26 says, all things ...
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Baptized in a Mennonite church? [closed]

I grew up around the Amish, and Mennonite communities. However, my family was half Protestant half, well.. Not religious. I am a 21 year old dairy farmer, and not baptized. It was always left open to ...
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170 views

Did Jesus die for nothing? [closed]

If Jesus suffered and died for my sins, and I was never to have sinned, does that mean that Jesus died for nothing?
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950 views

What happens if someone who is not elect tries to seek God?

From the perspective of Reformed Theology, in relation to Unconditional Election: What happens if someone who is not elect, tries to seek God? Does God reject them? Or this an impossibility - does ...
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134 views

When and how did the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament start in the Catholic Church?

In some Christian Churches, there is according to Wikipedia, a devotional ceremony known as Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The question is when and how did this ceremony arise within the ...
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According to Catholicism, what are angels and what are they for?

I am a Roman Catholic and believe in angels, so I would like to know more about angels and their characteristics. It would be very useful if answers are related with biblical comparisons. What is ...
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237 views

What is meant by hot drinks in section 89 of the doctrine and covenant?

I know that the LDS are against the taking of any kind of recreational drug including widely legal drugs like tobacco. However, when reading section 89 of the doctrine and covenant there appears to be ...
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158 views

Are there any Christian Churches or communities that teach same-sex marriage is a right? On what biblical basis?

Are there any Christian Churches or communities that teach same-sex marriage is a right? On what biblical basis do they base their teaching? A couple of examples will do for an answer.
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Why is it called Christianity [closed]

Jesus Christ was a JEW: lived a JEW and died a JEW. Why is there a Religion called up in his name? IS NOT christianity A MAN MADE RELIGION? WHERE in the Bible - does Christ, or any of the followers ...

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